Encyclopedia Of Folklore And Literature

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Long before the written word existed, humans expressed themselves by telling stories. Handed down through centuries, these stories were woven into the tapestry of everyday life. For close to three centuries, folklore has inspired adaptations to film, operas, ballets, short stories, novels, and poetry. Its no surprise, then, that many folklore scholars consider folklore as original literature—existing before written literature. Most folklorists seem to share the belief that folklore, whether drawn from oral observation or from the written record, is a rich cultural resource that is readily available to creative writers and other artists.

The Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature introduces readers to a selection of authors, characters, themes, works, and movements associated with folklore and literature from around the world. This authoritative work also includes cross-references, an informative introduction, a bibliography, and an index. Students, librarians, and folklore and literary scholars and researchers will welcome this encyclopedia as an essential addition to any reference collection.

Contains entries for authors, titles, national literatures, themes, and motifs in literature and folklore.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The encyclopedia serves a highly useful purpose in addition to offering a pleasant place to leap and linger. The entries give scholars a quick means by which they can gain a basic understanding of terms, concepts, ideas, and important figures, and they also provide a starting list of references that can provide a valuable entrée into further study."


Journal of Folklore Research

"Thorough-going yet concise, this reference fills an important need . . . Highly recommended for all academic collections as a reference that affords a glimpse into the soul of folk narration."


Library Journal

"The intelligent articles should prove useful to students of the folktale, to anyone looking for a fresh approach to the classics, or for multicultural views of the art of storytelling."


School Library Journal

"Highly recommended."


The Book Report

VOYA - Cynthia Grady
This outstanding source tackles the enormous and complex topic of the interrelationships between folklore and literature. More than one hundred international scholars have contributed three hundred and fifty signed, one- to six-page essays, each containing cross-references and bibliographies. The work opens with an alphabetical listing of entries, followed by a categorical listing: authors, from Chinua Achebe to Yeats; works, such as Beowulf or Japan's Tale of the Heike; folklore scholars and movements, including George Frazer, Constance Mayfield Rourke, the Harlem Renaissance; terminology; and folk themes and characters, such as John Henry, Orpheus, and la llorona. National literatures such as Balkan Folklore also receive attention. Throughout the text are bracketed citations that refer to the work of folklorists Antii Aarne and Stith Thompson in tale and motif identification. Scholar entries site that person's most influential work. Andrew Lang, often remembered for his twelve volumes of fairy tale books, is discussed in light of his scholarly achievements, particularly his successful refutation of language scholar Max Müller's philosophy of comparative mythology. Contemporary writers, such as Brazilian Nélida Piñon, are examined within the context of their own writing process: "For Piñon, myth along with language and memory is at the heart of literary production." While entries survey most regions of the world, the editors emphasize Western concepts and persons, which they make clear in the introduction. There is fine continuity throughout. Folklore and Literature is recommended for public and academic libraries; it offers unusual insights into the critical interpretation of literature and is a solid addition to folklore collections. Index. Illus. Biblio. Further Reading.
A cross-cultural reference, encompassing eras from the ancient Greece of Aesop's fables to the modern America of Toni Morrison. Subject categories are diverse, including authors, genres, terms, and specific works, organized alphabetically, but accessible through a category list and a detailed index as well. Each comprehensive article includes cross-references to related topics and a list of academic references. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576070031
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 810
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.69 (d)

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